Lisa Ray — Actor/Model/TV Host/Travel Guide/Philanthropist/Social Activist/Cancer survivor is now also a proud mother of twin daughters.

The Indo-Canadian actress gave birth to her daughters Sufi and Soleil, born to her husband Jason Dehni and her via surrogacy. Ray took it to Instagram to announce the news and share adorable pictures of the mother and the babies.

Via Instagram, the actress revealed that she and her husband would be glad to reveal their surrogacy journey to inspire people. In 2009 Lisa was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells (white blood cells), which produce antibodies. A year later she announced that she was cancer-free following a stem cell transplant. Being a rare disease, a complete recovery is impossible.

She revealed her struggles while fighting the cancer along with managing her personal and professional lives. Lisa Ray shared, it was due to the technology that she could fulfil her dream of becoming a mother despite being on lifelong medications.

Here is what the new mom said about her and her husband’s experiences:

I wanted to share our struggles and triumph. Having been open about my cancer journey and receiving so much unconditional support, sharing this moment of happiness feels right. Hopefully, our story can give hope to others who are struggling to have kids. Life throws you both challenges and miracles, and I’m unspeakably grateful for my miracle daughters.

My husband and I decided to pursue surrogacy. India was the obvious choice. We consulted a reputed fertility doctor, but a week before we could begin, India outlawed commercial surrogacy. We were crushed. While I understand the pressing need to regulate the industry and prevent exploitation of surrogate mothers, it was a case of literally throwing out the baby with the bath water. But, I was determined. My husband and I were advised we could continue the process in India and that there were ‘ways’. But we did not want to bring our children into the world under a cloud of uncertainty.

Sharing how they finally managed to overcome all odds with grit and determination, Lisa wrote in her Instagram post, “We hired an agency to help, had an unsuccessful attempt in Mexico, and spent a lot of money, emotional resources and sleepless nights. But as a cancer survivor, I firmly believe in overcoming the odds. And with my husband and a few close friends’ support, we hoped for the best. Finally, we settled on Georgia, where the surrogacy process is legal, transparent, regulated and overall beneficial for both sides. We relocated to Tbilisi for a few months for the birth.”

My husband and I are becoming parents in our mid-40s, which is also unconventional, but the right time for us. I love to see Jason with them, growing into his new role as a father, holding them, changing diapers, with a burp cloth I got him, which is embroidered with ‘Men Who Change Diapers, Change the World’.

It has been an arduous and interesting experience. Having been diagnosed with multiple myeloma (a form of blood cancer) in 2009, which requires me to be on a lifelong dose of medication, pre-empted the possibility for me to carry children myself. Fortunately, technology has progressed where there are choices and new possibilities for having children.

I can’t wait to bring our daughters back to our home in Mumbai, says Lisa Ray.

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